Dreams Of Trespass

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In her book Fatima Mernissi's attempts to demystify the concept of the harem depicting the Arab Muslim women in the most personal and touching way. "Anxiety eats at me whenever I cannot situate the geometric line organizing my powerlessness (Mernissi 3)." This is how the author describes the women, she explores the nature of women and their power in Morocco remembering her childhood.


Mernissi (1995) opposes the concept of the "subjugated" women into Arab Muslim world. Mernissi's mother celebrated the birth of her daughter in the same enthusiastic way reserved especially for newly born boys. Mernissi (1995) claims that the male superiority in the Arab countries is anti-Muslim and she points out that there are political aspects both in the harem and in controlling women. When dwelling on the power relations and hierarchies that exist within the harem, she refers to the resistance as "shuffling of the cards" and as "confusing of the roles" (Mernissi 152). "In a harem, you don't necessarily ask questions to get answers. You ask questions just to understand what is happening to you (Mernissi 22)."
The reason why Mernissi's family is challenging traditional family practices in Morocco society is that they want to really experience the gender equality. Mernissi's family wants to show that they have the inner strength to fight for their rights and demonstrate the women's acts of rebellion. The power for Mernissi (1995) is identified and constantly named - Islam scholars, writers, teachers, grandfather. However, it should be noted that for Mernissi (1995) old women also symbolize the power. ...
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